Wyoming: Home to the First National Monument and the First Bruges Franchise Restaurant?

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Devils Tower, Wyoming was named America’s first national monument in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The site attracts thousands of visitors each year, and even made an appearance in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Likewise, Bruges Waffles & Frites has unofficially been named as America’s best waffles, and wants to make Wyoming home to our first franchise restaurant.


Bruges is a charming town in Belgium that was the childhood home to both Pierre Vandamme and Philippe Wyffels. When the two met in in Salt Lake City in 2002, they reminisced about the cuisine of their youth and set out to recreate the famous Liège waffle they both remembered. What started as a waffle cart in Salt Lake City has grown to include 4 Utah restaurant locations and the brand is now offering franchise restaurant opportunities in Wyoming. Here are a five more reasons Bruges and Wyoming would make a good team:

Right to Vote

Wyoming was the first state in the nation to give women the right to vote. Bruges also supports everyone’s right to vote—-especially if it means they are voting for us as America’s best waffles.

Franchises are Not a New Concept to Wyoming

In 1902, the first JC Penney store was opened in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Now the chain has grown to includes thousands of stores nationwide. Bruges also wants to make Wyoming home to our first franchise restaurant as we continue to reach toward our expansion goal.

Increased Population

Of all the states in the nation, Wyoming has the lowest population. By adding a Bruges franchise restaurant, these numbers are sure to improve as residents and tourists flock to the state for a taste of our authentic and delicious Belgian waffles.

Celebrity Endorsements

Jackson boasts famous property owners that include Charles Schwab, Tiger Woods, Dick Cheney, and Harrison Ford. What better place for authentic Belgian food?  We’re going to Jackson . . .

Hats are Welcome

While there is an obscure law on Wyoming books stating that wearing hats that obstruct others views in a public theater or place of amusement is illegal, Bruges welcomes hats of all kinds on our loyal fans.

If you can smell the waffles, and can visualize being the first to bring them to your Wyoming community, we invite you to continue on to our online discovery center to get answers to all your questions.

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